Hadji Murad|Leo Tolstoy


Tolstoy's novella blends fiction and historical fact to portray a legendary Avar chieftain who switched sides in the nineteenth-century Russo-Caucasian war. Inspired by the author's military service, Hadji Mur d offers riveting views of warfare and treason, murder and vengeance, and behind-the-scenes political plotting. An uncharacteristically brief story by the creator of War and Peace, it voices Tolstoy's pacifist beliefs.
This novella also provides a compelling depiction of the Caucasus, a mountainous territory between the Black Sea and the Caspian, prized for its strategic location and natural resources. Located at the crossroads of three empires -- Turkey, Persia, and Russia -- the region has long struggled with incursions by its neighbors and remains a troubled corner of the world to this day. Tolstoy's realistic pictures of life in a war zone raise enduringly relevant issues of life and death.


  • ISBN-13: 9780486473666
  • ISBN-10: 048647366X
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publish Date: November 2009
  • Dimensions: 8.48 x 5.54 x 0.32 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.38 pounds
  • Page Count: 145